An English Murder Author:Cyril Hare "The Christmas house party arranged by the dying Lord Warbeck was an ill-assorted one. There was his first cousin, Sir Julius Warbeck, Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Labor Government, and Mrs. Carstairs, wife of Sir Julius' potential successor and a lady with the disagreeable habit of belittling all politicians - Sir Julius included - excep... more »t her husband. There was Lord Warbeck's son Robert, president of the League of Liberty and Justice, an organization whose fascist principles were rather at variance with its name; and Lady Camilla Prendergast, who loved Robert but had not seen him for some time. Finally, there was Dr. Bottwink, a European scholar who had reason to hate fascists of any kind. In such a group politics were necessarily inflammatory, and, as it turned out, murder even more so."« less
I foresaw the ending, but then I have the advantage of reading it 50+ years after it was published, when perhaps the average reader was less cynical. Nice background, and portrayal of English manners with the funny little foreigner Dr. Bottwink to observe, comment on and enjoy.